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Eric Church’s Tennessee Sanctuary

The Country Music Association’s reigning Entertainer of the Year has never quite fit the superstar mold. The North Carolina native finds his peace—and inspiration—amid 1,800 acres of Tennessee hills

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Julien Baker’s Dark Magic

The fearless songwriter embraces a bigger sound and pulls no punches on her exhilarating third album

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The Best Southern Albums of 2020

In spite of the raft of venue closures and tour cancellations, 2020 did manage to bring some great new releases. These twenty albums, from established artists and newcomers, provided some much-needed musical balm

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Rocking the White House

Jimmy Carter, the Allman Brothers, and the power of music take center stage in new documentary

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Album Premiere: Tanya Tucker’s Live from the Troubadour

The country pioneer follows up her Grammy-winning return with a new album that’s the next best thing to seeing her onstage

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Back Home in Georgia with Songwriter Brent Cobb

How the Grammy-nominated songwriter follows his own country beat

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Album Premiere: Waylon Payne’s Long-Awaited Return

Sixteen years and a world of tumult after his first release, a son of country royalty brings his own unique voice to an album steeped in redemption

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Margo Price’s Bold New Sound

Never one to sit still, the Nashville original returns with an album as fearless as she is

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Steve Earle’s West Virginia Journey

On his twentieth album, the revered songwriter turns his eye to coal country

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Cedric Burnside and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram Bring the Blues

A Hill Country scion and a Delta guitar prodigy keep traditional Mississippi music humming

Southern Heroes

Liz McCartney & Zack Rosenburg: The Rebuilders

This couple sprang into action constructing houses after Katrina—and haven’t stopped since

Southern Heroes

Doug Naselroad: The Teacher

The Kentucky luthier helps addicts in recovery by teaching them how to make musical instruments

Southern Heroes

Larry Callies: The Lone Ranger

The retired Texan promotes the long unsung history of black cowboys

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Waylon Payne’s Country Redemption

After battling addiction, Waylon Payne returns with a stunner of an album fifteen-plus years in the making

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Dynamic Soul

Devon Gilfillian brings a sound all his own on his inspiring debut

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Album Premiere: Listen to the North Mississippi Allstars’ Up and Rolling

Mavis Staples, Jason Isbell, Cedric Burnside, and more join brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson on an album steeped in the pair’s Hill Country roots

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Billy Strings Expands the Bounds of Bluegrass

The young musician blends tradition, otherworldly guitar chops, and an exploratory spirit

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Song Premiere: Gregg Allman Performing “Melissa” Live in 1974

Preview a bonus track from a special reissue of Laid Back, Allman’s debut solo album

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Rocking On with Brittany Howard

The dynamic front woman of Alabama Shakes takes a fearless leap
on her solo debut

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The B-52’s Iconic Southern Party-Rock Album Turns 30

With the kitschy fun of Cosmic Thing, the beloved band came back bigger than ever in the summer of 1989. But there’s a more serious story behind the Athens, Georgia-born classic

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